Journeys of Discovery: Exploring Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland arts

Jan 2, 2019

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Cookeville, Tennessee, situated in an area of the state known fondly as Upper Cumberland.

Amanda Murphy with Tennessee Tourism shares insights about the heart and soul of Tennessee—its music, Civil War history, cuisine, and nature—from Nashville to Memphis, Chattanooga and Cookeville in the Upper Cumberland area. 

Debra Ruzinsky, director of the Appalachian Center for Craft, and Daniel Randall, assistant professor of art and metals at the Center's School of Art, Craft and Design, offer insights about how the campus—part of Tennessee Tech University—instills a passionate but realistic approach to the arts as a profession.

Wilmer also speaks with Cookeville-based artisan-in-wood Brad Sells. His creations have been showcased around America, and he’s been featured in two PBS specials produced by Upper Cumberland affiliate WCTE.

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